I ordered a pair of the new Swarovski 8x30 CL's 2017 in anthracite with the wild nature case and strap from a German seller on Ebay for 1000 Euro's. <snip> I will let you know what I think when I get them. Hopefully the focus will be smooth.
I'm looking forward to that. If the new CL is really as good as it sounds, I may get one as well, as a small, light pair for hiking. I'm interested not just in the optical quality but also in the mechanical quality. In other words: Is the CL tough enough to survive birding in difficult conditions?